The 2017 congress, themed ‘innovation@work, preparing for multiple futures’ will take place in Tshwane from 2 – 4 June. In 1987 SAACI was officially registered as a Not for Profit Association in Tshwane, and 30 years later SAACI returns to celebrate its 30th Anniversary and 31st Congress, in the Capital City of South Africa.
Tshwane is a city full of history, beautiful architecture, Jacaranda trees and the seat of the Executive of Government and all National Departments. This City is full of icons and should be no surprise that local Gauteng Tshwane Branch themed their events “Treasures of Tshwane”.
The SAACI Board of Directors, Congress Programme Committee and the Local Organising Committee are hard at work on what can be described a multi-focused programme. The committees have reviewed previous congresses from all possible aspects.
Already, there are a few changes to this year’s congress programme. Firstly, the days have changed. The Congress will now run from Friday to Sunday, to allow for less time out of the office. The pre-tours and Out of the Ordinary sessions will be replaced by a fun walk on the Friday morning and a Secret Sunrise on Saturday morning, both aimed at including a wellness focused element for our members. The Re-Connect evening now takes place on a Friday and the Gala dinner on the Saturday evening. The opening ceremony starts on the first day of the congress instead of the second day. The congress programme will consist of three streams focusing on the wider groupings of the SAACI forums, i.e. Conference and Events, Venues and Services this includes technical and audio visual, transportation, exhibitions and services suppliers. There will however, be a few joint sessions. This new focused programme will ensure that each delegate’s focus area is covered and all our members and delegates receive the highest value from this industry leading congress.
Join us as at SAACI, as we prepare for the future and move towards professionalising and growing the business events sectors and industry in Southern Africa even further.
See you in Tshwane!